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appeared to be absorbed in it. His religion was un- a fault. Considering his great and constant labours, affected and substantial, genuine and primitive. he hardly gave himself that refreshment which was
He was a conscientious member, and a devoted mi- necessary. He drank very little wine at any time, nister, of the Church of England. He shewed his zeal and in the latter part of life wholly refrained from it. for the Church when she was in danger from many After the fatigues of the day, he would sup on an enemies, especially from the Church of Rome. When apple or two, with a little bread, and small ale, or some were so wicked as to change their profession, milk and water: always receiving the meanest proviand others so tame as to sit still unconcerned, when sion, or the smallest morsel, with the greatest gratithe enemies were at the gates-then did this good man tude and thankfulness to Almighty God. Though he bestir himself; he “lifted up his voice like a trumpet,” denied himself, he was open-handed to others, and and undauntedly defended her when she had most need. whenever he entertained his friends, did it liberally. He believed the doctrines of the Church, obeyed her Rather than the poor should want bread, he would injunctions, and conformed to her constitutions. He fast himself. He led an ascetic life; kept under his admonished and diligently instructed his charge, kept body; and, with great industry, advanced in holiness multitudes in her communion, lived up to her rules, and the spiritual life. and was ready to sacrifice all that was dear to him in Such is the testimony borne to the character of the world to promote her true interest.
Dr. Horneck by those who had the most ample means As for his pastoral care and diligence, it has been of forming a true estimate of it. But it is not a further observed : he was an exemplary pattern to singular character-a solitary example of devotedness those in the ministry; he well understood not only in the ministers of our Zion. The walk of a parochial the dignity, but the duty and charge of his holy func- minister is, indeed, one which does not attract the tion; had an overwhelming sense of the value of souls, admiration of the world. The ministerial life is often and of the care that ought to be had of them. Hence represented as one of comparative leisure,—and there he laboured indefatigably night and day; was so very are situations in which it is so; but it is far otherwise “painful” a preacher, and so very hard a student. in the populous districts of our metropolis, and of the Hence he was so very diligent in catechising the country at large. Many a pious and devoted labourer youth, in visiting the sick, and in all the other parts in the vineyard has sunk under the burden and heat of his holy office. His heart was wholly set upon of the day. Many called to an early rest have had gaining souls to God. In this work he laboured in- their strength enfeebled, their health impaired, their cessantly, and greatly honoured those among the spirits wasted, by the labours of a densely peopled clergy who were thus disposed. A considerable num- parish. The Christian world at large, the members of ber of such ministers were well known to him, some our own Church in particular, are called upon to sufof which, who were not provided for, he occasionally fer this no longer to be. As already stated in our recommended to cures and employments, as oppor- pages, we hail with delight and with gratitude to God tunity offered, from persons of quality, who frequently the spirit of benevolent inquiry which has gone forth applied to the doctor on these occasions: and happy on this subject, and of ready co-operation on the part were they who took this course; they might securely of the laity to provide more ample instruction for the rely on his recommendation, for nothing could bribe poor, the ignorant, the ungodly, among us. The spihim to commend that person to a place of trust whom ritual instruction of our increasing population, accordhe did not know to be fit for it.
ing to the principles of our Church, is, we need hardly His charity was a lively imitation of the love of
say, an object inexpressibly dear to our hearts; and God and of Christ. He sought not his own, but, with the present memoir has been introduced into our great industry, pursued the good of others. He did pages to draw the attention of our readers to the connot spend his time in visiting great persons, and sideration of years of suffering, brought on, as far as hunting after preferment and applause. He went
can be judged, by excessive labour in the faithful disabout doing good,” and in this he was indefatigable; charge of ministerial duties. The time was, and at no his heart was set upon it, and this made him despise very distant period, when the pious layman found it the difficulties which lay in his way. His charity was exceedingly difficult to co-operate in such a good work large and diffusive, extending to the bodies, estates, as this: he can now be at no loss. His contributions and souls of men: he fed and taught, he instructed, may be cast into the treasury of those who aim at an comforted and relieved, those who wanted help. One increase of church-accommodation by the erection of piece of charity deserves to be remembered to his new, or enlargement or repair of old buildings; or of honour, and that was, the telling men of their faults, those who seek to provide suitable assistance for the not only publicly, but privately also. His reproofs clergy in populous districts, overwhelmed with the may well be reckoned among his charities; for it may pressure of parochial duties, and with means far too be said of him, as Libanius said of Socrates, “ he made limited to provide that assistance themselves. Activity those better whom he did bite." He bit and healed and energy are now the characteristics of our Church. at once; there was no gall or venom in him; but all Such a remark may excite the ridicule of our enemies; proceeded from unfeigned charity to the souls of men. but such is the case. The accusation has been brought He could not suffer sin upon his brother ; but durst, against her in other days, that she was asleep; if so, and therefore did, admonish and reprove the greatest. she has arisen refreshed with her repose: and while Never was any person more stout in reproving vice, she holds forth the words of eternal life, and her men and in appearing for the truth, or farther removed from bers, lay as well as clerical, are devoted to her support, flattery, than this good man.
prepared for her defence, and zealous to extend her He was temperate to the greatest degree, almost to influence, under the blessing of God, she will be the
Some of your
instrument of bringing myriads to a knowledge of her ; she enjoyed no cheerful talk, she ate no saring grace here, and to the participation of eternal
pleasant bread-never once was there a smile glory hereafter.
upon her lips, while I lay gasping and moaning
by her side: no! my mother could never have GOD'S PARENTAL REMEMBRANCE
forgotten me.” But while we do not blame OF CHILDREN:
you for feeling and for thinking thus, and
would have you consider all this love and a Sermon,
this care as fresh cause of thankfulness to BY THE Rev. Thomas DALE, M.A.
your Father which is in heaven, who hath Vicar of St. Bride's, London.*
given many of you such a mother upon earth ; ISAIAH, xlix. 15.
while we do not say to any one, Your mother "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should
would have forgotten you ; we remind you not have compassion on the son of her womb ? yea,
all of the Lord's answer to the question, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." “Can a mother forget her child ?" which must You will observe, my dear children, that
be a true answer, because it is the Lord's, there is, in these words, a question asked, "Yes, they may forget.” Ah, my dear children, and there is also an answer given ; and the
they have forgotten. You may read in the person who asks the question, and the per
sixth chapter of the Second Book of Kings, son who gives the answer, is the same per
a very sad story of two mothers, one of whom son: and you will know with what atten
at least did forget, and had no compassion tion you ought to hear his words, and what
on the son of her womb : but we will not reverence you ought to pay to them— how tell you that story now, because these were you should try to remember them, and how
not Christian mothers, and it is therefore no you should strive to understand them
wonder that either of them should love her when I tell you, that He who asks the ques
life better than her child. tion, and He who gives the answer, is the
mothers, we doubt not, love their children Lord, the Lord God, the Maker of heaven
better than their lives ; that is, love their and earth; the God who knows what is in
children's souls better, and would do more to heaven, and what is in earth, and what is
preserve them for Christ than to save their under the earth; yes, and who knows what
own lives. And in talking to you this day, is in your heart-who knows at all times, and
what we want to persuade you is, not to love at this very moment, whether you are striving
your mothers less, but to love God more; to listen, and whether you are desiring to un
and for this very reason, because God loves derstand. Now if this very same question had
you far, far better than even your mothers do. been asked of you--" Can a mother forget You may think this also impossible; but you her sucking child?” perhaps you would have only think so, because you see your mothers, given a very different answer; for you would
observe what they do for you—and have thought of your own dear mothers. You this is what Scripture calls to walk by sight;" would have gone back to the time when you
while you cannot see God, nor observe what began to know any thing - to know one face
he does for you, which is “to walk by faith.” from another by the eye, and to tell one voice
But, perhaps, you do not yet know even what from another by the ear, and to distinguish
When, however, I have told one hand from another by the touch, and to
you how God has loved you, and what He feel the difference between your mother and
has done to prove that love ;-not only more all other mothers, by the quicker beating of the than the tenderest parents ever could have heart when you were folded in her welcome done, but even more than they could ever arms: and, remembering this, you would
have thought of doing-you will go away, I perhaps answer, —"No! my mother could hope, with a better understanding of the sweet
.“ Can a never have forgotten me—she never did for and precious words of my text, get me. She not only takes care of me when
mother forget her sucking child, that she I am well, but she nursed me when I was sick;
should not have compassion on the son of she sat by my bedside when I was laid on it
her womb ? yea, they may forget, yet will I by fever; she moistened my parched lips, she
not forget thee. cooled my burning brow, she rocked me in her You love your mothers—you to whom God arms when I could not bear the painful pres
has spared your mothers --because the first
that sure even of the uneasy pillow; she watched
you can remember of them is words and over me all the night, and she waited upon me
acts of kindness—the look of gentleness and all the day; she took no pleasure, no rest,
of gladness, and the smile of tenderness and while she feared that I should be taken from
love. You love them, because at the time
when you could do nothing for them, they did Addressed to the children of the Parochial, Infant, and Sunday Schools in the parish of St. Bride's, on New Year's Day,
every thing for you ; and did it without any motive of selfish interest : did it, that is, not
hoping for any thing again, except duty and Him better than you obey your parents? beobedience. And when you were — as I fear cause you are less ungrateful to Him than you the best of you were sometimes—froward, are unthankful to them? Ah, my dear childwayward, and perverse; bent on your own ren, the youngest of you is not too young to will, though you only desired what would do know how much less he loves God than he you harm, forgetful of their feelings, and their ought; how much less he serves God than wishes, and their rights, and their claims ; | he ought; how very prone he is to the evil you did not find that, for all this wayward- which he ought to hate and shun; how very ness and wilfulness, they loved you the less. averse to duty and to prayer, in which he However you had misbehaved, no sooner did ought to take delight ; how his little heart you express sorrow and penitence, than you resists and rebels when he is called to think were forgiven ; the tear of repentance was and to hear of God. Do we not see this in wiped away as soon as shed, and no painful school, when the teacher is speaking of God's impression remained, because you felt that goodness, and the little boy or girl looks as you were loved as tenderly as before. You careless and as unconcerned as if God, so felt, that as there was no coldness in the mo- good to all beside, was not good to him or to ther's manner, so there was no anger, no re- her? Do we not see this in the church, when sentment--which is anger prolonged-in the the minister is talking of God's love, and the mother's breast : you not only felt that the little children, instead of striving to listen, offence was forgiven, you were sure that it or trying to understand, are looking carelessly was forgotten too.
around them, or playing with each other, thus So, you love your mothers, because they committing a double sin ; leading others to do first loved you. But, in all these respects, wrong, and preventing their parents or their you have far greater cause to love God, com- instructors from hearkening in comfort to the pared to whose love even a mother's is only precious truths of God's pure word ? And as the little twinkling star, compared with the even in those children who seem to behave bright sun that lights up all the heavens in well in school or in church, and thus far set the noon of a summer's day, or as the tiny outwardly a good example, does not God, pendent icicle which you see on the edge of who looks into the heart, behold it but too the bare and withered bough, compared to frequently set upon any thing and every thing, the mountain of the wave which ihe wild rather than Himself ? Does He not see the hoarse wind dashes on the rocky shore of the thoughts wandering, the mind roving, thinkboundless sea. If the first that you can re- ing of its tasks or its toys, its lessons or its member of a mother is love, who gave you plays, as though this were not the house of that mother? Who filled her heart with ten- God, the place of prayer, the gate of headerness to the little helpless thing that seemed ven? Yes, my dear children, you only offend to bring with it into the world nothing but your parents sometimes, and then, perhaps, labour and sorrow? Who provided her with you do not always mean to offend them; but the means of doing every thing for you? Who you offend God every day; and if you are bestowed on her the clothing and the nourish- not so wicked as to mean it, I am afraid some ment which she in turn imparted to you? are so foolish as not to care for it. And yet And who continued, and does continue so to this great and good God still bears with you, provide, though every act of ingratitude to a still pardons you, still loves you, still preparent is a proof of rebellion against Him? serves to you your blessings: He is very paIs it not God--the God who speaks to you in tient, though provoked every day : He still the text ? And does not God do every thing gives you every thing, though you have nofor you which your mother and your father thing to give Him in return. You may, and cannot do ? Does not He make the sun to some of you by good conduct do, increase the shine, and the winds to blow, and the showers mother's happiness : you can add nothing to to fall, and the earth to bring forth, and the the glory of God. Yet, though you behave trees to blossom and bear fruit for you? Does far worse to Him than do the worst of children not He keep far from you the stroke that would to their earthly parents, He loves you far wound you, or the weight that would crush better than the best of mothers can love the you, or the accident that would maim you, or best of children; for, “ Can a mother forget the disease that would kill you? And when her sucking child, that she should not have your kind and watchful parents are asleep, compassion on the son of her womb ? yea, and cannot guard you against any harm, does they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." not God, as One who never slumbereth nor I have not told you, however, even yet, why sleepeth, watch over your dwelling and be- you have most reason to love God." I have side your bed, and make you to rise up, as spoken only of that part of what He gives you have lain down, in health, in safety, and you and what He does for you, which is comin peace? And is this because you serve fortable and pleasant for the body,- the
body, made, as you know, out of the dust, the little attention which some children
pay and which, as you know also, however tender both at school and in church; and which, you may be of it, must return in the end to at the best, would surely be much greater the dust out of which it was taken. Many than it is, did they know, or, at least, did children, you are aware, die, and die at all they feel, what_reason they have to love ages; many have died within the last few their heavenly Father, who gave his Son, months out of this very neighbourhood ; in and the Son of God, who gave himself, that three months we have committed to the grave they might be saved from hell, and that fifteen children, for some of whom I perceive they might be admitted into heaven. But if many of you are dressed in mourning; and you will listen very attentively, my dear these children of all ages too: the infant who children, I will endeavour, by God's help, to never had but two resting-places--the arms make you understand the love of God, in of his mother and his grave; the child of saving you from the curse and consequence four years old, who was wont in his sickness of sin ; for we fear that many children, and to lean his aching head upon his mother's many grown persons too, talk a great deal bosom, and comfort her and himself with the and hear a great deal about sin, without really texts and the hymns which he had learnt at knowing either what it is, where it is proschool ; several who passed from this world, duced, what harm it does at the time when it this vain and bitter world, ere they had num- is committed, or what mischief it will do, bered seven years, but out of whose mouths, long after any little advantage is passed away, babes, as they were, and sucklings, God had which men or children foolishly think to deordained strength ;-yes, and the last time rive from it. Now, in order to teach you the dark and gloomy vault beneath this what sin is, I would have you look back as church was unclosed, it was for a child not far as you can recollect, and in some of you ten years old, of whom I have since heard it is not very far; and I would ask, whewith delight, that her last words were prayer, ther you do not remember very early to have and her last look was praise. And there done that which you knew to be wrong ?are children now ill, perhaps dying, within a whether, for example, you did not commit very short distance of this house of God. some fault, and endeavour to screen it by an But, then, you are to consider, not whether untruth ?-whether you did not stretch out they die, for you know this at the time, when your hand, when you thought no eye was you look sadly upon the pale face, and listen looking at you, to take that which was not to the deep short sigh ; and you know it your own ?-whether you did not take adafterwards, when
up the coffin-lid, and vantage of the mother's absence to strike or look beneath the white shroud, and touch the ill-treat the little brother or sister who could stiff hand, which falls lifeless from the grasp, not defend itself ?-whether you did not shew and press your lips to the colourless cheek, perverse and stubborn tempers towards the and find it icy cold. Yes, you know they are kind parent who was denying herself for you? dead; but what is it that is dead? Is it that or whether, when you were reproved, your which moves and thinks within you -- that heart did not swell with rage, and you wished which loves or fears, likes or dislikes, prompts to reply, or longed to disobey, but were only you what you are to do, and tells you what kept back from doing so by fear of punishment? you are to leave undone ? No, that will not, All this, then, was sin; and it is in that wicked cannot die. It is gone away to live in an- heart which is within you that sin arises : but other place, and to live for ever; to live in your parents and teachers cannot see the heart, such happiness that you cannot imagine it, they can only mark and punish what they do or in such misery that you cannot conceive it. But God sees all. The sin of the heart And here is the way in which God has most is to Him what the sin of the action is to us. shewn his love: He has so provided for you, Here is the difference :-We see the evil done, that, if you will but seek it, you may obtain God searches the evil planned—we hear the the happiness; and, if you will but shun it, falsehood uttered, God beholds the falsehood you may escape the misery: and this is the meant--we see, and are shocked at seeing, way in which He hath done both, -He hath the little hand raised to transgress a parent's given his blessed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, command, but God sees disobedience workto die for your sins ; and Christ has so loved ing in the heart when you dare not stretch you, that, when there was no other way to out the hand to perform the will. Now you save your souls from death, He came down know that even your parents and your teachfrom heaven to save them by the shedding of ers, when they are what they ought to be, His own most precious blood.
hate sin; but God hates it far worse than they; Now this is what you have been often they are sinners like yourselves, but " a God told, but what too many
have never of truth and without iniquity, just and understood, at least if we may judge from right is he :” they make allowance for your
errors by the remembrance of their own, but in the text that His love to you far surpasses “God is of purer eyes than to look upon even that of mothers; and I am sure you iniquity." Your parents very frequently do not must recollect how ready mothers are to take know, and, perhaps, almost as frequently do not upon themselves the evil consequences of the punish, all the wrong you do; but God both injury which their children have done. They knows all, and will punish all. From the do not think much of toiling, or of suffering, very moment that you were able to distinguish much less of sacrificing their own comfort, or between right and wrong, not one wicked acting contrary to their own will, if they can thing have you done, not one forbidden word spare the children whom they love better than have you spoken, not one evil purpose have themselves even what they have deserved to you even thought in your hearts, which God suffer: and just so it was with God—“God did not know at the time, and which He does so loved the world, that He
His onlynot remember now. His eye sees in all places begotten Son :" and Jesus Christ, the Son of at once, and His mind pervades, or goes God, so loved the world, that He gave Himthrough, all times at once; and past, present, self; for, when He went to die, He said, "No and future, are alike to Him, and so are night man taketh my life from me, but I lay it and day. It is just as if He kept a book-a down of myself. I have power to lay it book of remembrance, Scripture calls it-in down, and I have power to take it again." which is carefully noted down all that you It is just as if one of your own dwellings have done amiss ; not one thing omitted, were all in flames, and the little children in however well you might think that you had the highest room were to be suddenly roused hidden it from every eye. And 0, my
dear by the terrible shout of “Fire! fire!" and children, there is enough in God's book no one could reach them, because the flames against the very best of you, if He were to were spreading all around; and the elder deal with you as you deserve, to shut you up brother, grown to man's estate, and knowin that dark prison, where there is no cheerful ing that he must lose his life in the atlight of day, and no sounds of mirth and glad tempt, were to say, “ Father, mother, I canness, and no kind father's voice, and no not stand by, and see all my brothers and gentle mother's hand; but all sights are dark- sisters perish in the flames. I can save them ness and misery, and all sounds are weeping, through the windows — the opening is too and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and all small for me — and, though my own return sense is pain and torment, and there is no will be cut off by the flames, I will snatch hope of ever coming out; a place in which them from the fearful death, though I must how could we believe it, if it were not God's taste its bitterness myself.” Just such an word ?— those who were once fathers and elder brother is Jesus; but the fire from mothers think no more of their children than which He delivered you is very different from if they had never been, or think of them only that which only consumes the dwelling, and with anguish that aggravates their own lost destroys the body, and after that has no more sad condition, because they, by evil example, that it can do: it is a fire, which, as Scripture aided the enemy of souls to bring their off- tells you, cannot be quenched ; a fire that spring thither. Now the consequence of sin consumes both soul and body in hell ; a torwould be, if it were not pardoned and for- ment, the smoke of which ascendeth up for given, to shut you up for ever in this dark ever and ever, where the wicked are torand dreary place. God must punish sin, be- mented day and night, and when years upon cause He has said He will; and every word of years have rolled away, ages upon ages will God is true. And how is He to punish sin, be yet to come.
But Jesus died to save you and yet spare you? O, my dear children, it from this ; He took upon Himself the conseis in this that God has shewn His love, and quences of your sin ; He suffered, that you for which all those who know themselves might not suffer ; He died, that your souls aright say, We love Him, because He first might live ; He bare your sins in his own loved us ; because - mark the text I am body upon the tree; He rose from the grave, going to quote, and read it after service-or that you might rise from it to glory; rather, learn it, if you do not know it already; sits at the right hand of God the Father, that -you will find it in St. John, iii. 16–“God so when you pray, He may plead for you-and loved the world that He gave his only-begotten when you are in need, He may help you—and Son, that whosoever believeth on Him might when you are in danger, He may watch over not perish, but have everlasting life.” you—and when you die, He may take you to Now, you may well wonder why God so Himself. But, perhaps, I hear you say,
“O loved the world, for a wicked world it was, this kind and good Saviour, how would I love and little deserved such love ; but you need Him if I could!" But if you would love Him, not think it strange that this was the way in take care, then, my dear children, that you which He shewed His love, for God tells you do not read the history of the doings and suf